MANILA - Far Eastern University (FEU) on Thursday said it did not suspend classes on the 45th anniversary of martial law to highlight its stand against the rule of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In a statement, FEU President Dr. Michael Alba said suspending classes would lend importance to the dark days of the Marcos regime.
"We refuse to call off classes, because we refuse to consider September 21 as anything but just another ordinary day," the statement read.
"We refuse to call off classes, because to do so is to lend importance to martial law – to honor and celebrate that dark period of tyranny and oppression in our history – whatever other reasons may be marshalled to justify not having a school day," it added.
Alba said students' sacrifice of coming to school amid the massive protests in Manila upholds FEU's support for democracy and Filipinos' freedom.
"This is about an important line in our FEU Hymn, 'Command thy sons and daughters to battle for the right'," he said.
FEU is located on Nicanor Reyes St. in Sampaloc, Manila. Its neighboring school, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), suspended classes on Thursday to commemorate the "victims of senseless loss of life."